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    Default Looking for a solid wood concert uke under 300$

    Hi Uke fellows!

    I am looking into buying a Concert uke, last year i bought a Pono Tenor and i'm super happy with it, by far the best uke i'v ever owned. i'v never had a really good quality Concert uke though and i feel this might be the time to finally own one. my budget is up to 300$ (will cost me closer to 400$ eventually with international shipping).

    Are there any other good options out their other than Pono? i prefer warm mellow sound wood with great sustain, it has to solid wood, any thoughts and recommendations? cheers
    Handcrafted Black Walnut Soprano
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    Hi,
    Kala solid mahogany ukes are pretty darn good, I've owned one for 6+ years. I bought mine with an active pickup, and I have issues with batteries going dead when I forget to remove them after playing, but other than that it's been great.
    Ohana Ukuleles may also have what you'd like, and I think Mainland makes a pretty fine solid mahogany concert uke in your price range. MY BFF has played one for over 2 years.
    I'd check with MIMs Ukes, Mainland Ukes, or Republic Ukes....they are top notch sellers.
    Happy hunting!
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    I like mahogany, I have 3 different Ohana ukes in solid mahogany, long neck soprano, tenor neck soprano, & tenor neck concert, they have a great tone & good sustain, I'm using fluorocarbon strings, gives a nice ring to them.
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

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    HMS has a great deal on a solid mahogany Islander concert.
    https://www.theukulelesite.com/shop-...ert-msc-4.html
    My ukulele family.....
    KoAloha Koa concert - circa 2006
    KoAloha Special Issue longneck soprano - Port Orford Cedar & Koa - circa 2015
    aNueNue Moon Bird concert - Spruce & Rosewood -2018
    Blackbird Clara - 2019

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    UU Marketplace, Fleamarket Marketplace, Reverb.com. I've found that used are usually just as good as new. People take care of their ukes. Even if it has a few marks, so what? Some people prefer the "experienced" look.

    What country are you in?
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    Where are you located, since you will need international shipping?
    Ohana SK30M mahogany super-soprano, Cort UKEBWCOP Blackwood concert, Anuenue African Mahogany Tenor, Fluke Koa Tenor, Hora M1176 spruce Tenor

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    Quote Originally Posted by RafterGirl View Post
    HMS has a great deal on a solid mahogany Islander concert.
    I like those string pegs.

    https://www.theukulelesite.com/shop-...ert-msc-4.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by RafterGirl View Post
    HMS has a great deal on a solid mahogany Islander concert.
    https://www.theukulelesite.com/shop-...ert-msc-4.html
    Thanks! That is a great deal indeed! didn't know Islander had a "solid wood" line at all, i did buy my Pono from them and was very happy with the setup as well so at the moment this is probably the most tempting option!

    Another option i was looking into is the concert Mahogany Mainland, does anyone knows how it compares to the Islander?

    I am based in Israel by the way, so international shipping adds around 60$ to the price....
    Handcrafted Black Walnut Soprano
    Koaloha Opio Acacia Concert
    Pono MT Mahogany Tenor

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    Quote Originally Posted by vetcvm View Post
    Thanks! That is a great deal indeed! didn't know Islander had a "solid wood" line at all, i did buy my Pono from them and was very happy with the setup as well so at the moment this is probably the most tempting option!

    Another option i was looking into is the concert Mahogany Mainland, does anyone knows how it compares to the Islander?

    I am based in Israel by the way, so international shipping adds around 60$ to the price....
    Islander is Kanilea's import line, so it will have the wider 1.5 inch nut and very comfortable neck profile than Kanilea is known for. I have an all laminate Islander soprano that sounds very nice. It has a much mellower tone than many sopranos, so their concert may follow suit in that respect. It's nice to hear the sound sample on HMS. I have no experience with Mainland, but lots of people like them. I think Mainland are gloss finish and that Islander is satin if that matters to you.
    My ukulele family.....
    KoAloha Koa concert - circa 2006
    KoAloha Special Issue longneck soprano - Port Orford Cedar & Koa - circa 2015
    aNueNue Moon Bird concert - Spruce & Rosewood -2018
    Blackbird Clara - 2019

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    Quote Originally Posted by vetcvm View Post
    Thanks! That is a great deal indeed! didn't know Islander had a "solid wood" line at all, i did buy my Pono from them and was very happy with the setup as well so at the moment this is probably the most tempting option!

    Another option i was looking into is the concert Mahogany Mainland, does anyone knows how it compares to the Islander?

    I am based in Israel by the way, so international shipping adds around 60$ to the price....
    I have experience with a solid mahogany Islander tenor and two solid wood Mainland sopranos, including the mahogany classic. Knowing examples from both makers, I would jump on that deal at HMS on the Islander ...

    The only reason I sold my Islander was to help raise $1200 for my Kiwaya tenor.
    I sold the Mainlands because I didn't like them.
    YMMV
    Last edited by Swamp Yankee; 04-20-2019 at 10:09 AM.
    Sopranos: aNueNue Khaya Mahogany 1, Bruko No. 6; Kiwaya KS-1; Kiwaya KTS-4; Kiwaya KTS-4K; Martin S-O
    Concerts:Cahaya CY-0112; Kiwaya KTC-1; Martin C-1 (ca. 1947-1955); Musicguymic's Kolohe
    Tenors: Cordoba 24T; Kiwaya KTT-2K
    Baritones: Cordoba 24B

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